Ohio flu hospitalizations reach highest number this season

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Flu activity continued to increase and remained high in the United States in the week ending February 1, according to new data from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (CNN Photo)

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Flu-related hospitalizations in Ohio last week reached their highest number for the 2019-2020 season, state health officials said Friday.

A total of 832 people were hospitalized with the flu between Jan. 26 and Feb. 1, a 36% jump from the previous week, the Ohio Department of Health said Friday.

State Health Director Dr. Amy Acton in a release said the hospitalization numbers are “deeply concerning.”

The health department said an 11-year-old girl in Lake County northeast of Cleveland died from the flu earlier this week, the second pediatric flu death this season. A 16-year-old girl in Cuyahoga County was the first.

The state does not keep track of adult flu-related deaths.

There have been nearly 4,500 reported flu-related hospitalizations in Ohio thus far this season.

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